German Elections: Merkel still No. 1 Power Woman?

Is Angela Merkel still the most powerful women in the world?

In May 2013 the Forbes Magazine voted the German chancellor Merkel to be the No. 1 Power Woman of the world but the German Bundestag (lower house of Parliament) elections on September 22nd 2013 could have changed it. They could.

But they did not and it has not been that obvious for years.

Since 2005 Angela Merkel and the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) rule over Germany collaborating with other parties. Until this September it was right wing coalition with the Liberals (FDP). But this election made it clear that this collaboration will not be possible again. The Liberals (FDP) missed the entry to the Bundestag (German parliament) because a party has to have at least 5% of the votes.

So now the Christian Democrats (CDU) need new collaboration partner. Although they have not been that strong for years and they nearly reached the majority, the Christian Democrats (CDU) needs another party to form the government: probably the Social Democratic Party (SPD). The only possibilities to reach the majority could be collaboration between the CDU and SPD or between CDU and the Greens.

But as the German magazine “Der Spiegel” reports both parties are not eager to work with the Christian Democrats (CDU).

The Social Democrats (SPD), which are normally as strong as the CDU and which are together with the Greens the “green-red” opponent of the CDU, still have to struggle with a crisis. Even if they become a part of the government they would be the “attachment” of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). One reason for this crisis might be the Social Democratic chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrueck.

Neither he nor the Christian Democratic chancellor candidate Angela Merkel could have been called favored before the election. It was more like a struggle about who is the lesser of the two evils. But there was one main difference between them: Trust. Nobody can really say what Merkel actually stands for but she gives diversified classes of population a good feeling. They trust her and this good feeling becomes more and more important in times of insecurity.

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So what does this election change now? First of all – not a lot.

Angela Merkel will still be the chancellor of Germany and the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) will still be the leading party of the German Government. Only some opinions concerning EU-policies of the new collaborating party might differ from those of the CDU. So it’s still Merkel who carries the fate of the euro on her shoulders. Still similar political direction of the most populous and so called most powerful country of the European Union.

But there is one little change with this election. A new party called Alternative for Germany (AfD) nearly became a part of the Bundestag. This party is a new Eurosceptic people’s movement which is colloquial called “Anti-Euro-Party”. If this party grows further, it might become a problem for Merkel and her European policy at the next elections in 2017. But for now, Merkel can celebrate her triumph.

No matter with which party the CDU will form the new German government, she rules.


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